Miscellaneous Washington Co. Obituaries
Vol. 2

The following transcription was submitted by Lisa Bonar of Pittsburgh, PA for inclusion at the Genealogy in Washington Co., PA web site in October 1998.

Lisa writes:

These are from my Great Aunt's scrapbook. The book is mostly a pile of crumbling bits of paper. I don't know what newspaper they came from. I hope someone out there enjoys them.


Mrs. Margaret Lillian Brownlee, 92, lifelong resident of East Finley 
Township, died Wednesday, December 29, 1943 at 9 a.m., at the home of her 
daughter, Mrs. Carrie Sampson. She was united in marriage with W.T. 
Brownlee who preceded her in death about 22 years ago. 

Mrs. Brownlee sustained a hip fracture some time ago and this, with 
infirmities due to her advanced age contributed to her death. 

She was the daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Bell McKeen and early in 
life united with the Claysville Methodist church. 

Surviving are nine children, James T., Harold M., Zadoc C., Baum B., all 
of East Finley; Thomas W., of Susquehanna, Pa., Mrs. A.R. Stollar, 
Claysville, RD; Mrs. J.B. Sampson with whom she made her home for the past 
13 years; Mrs. Mary E. Sprowls, Washington, Pa., and Mrs. Nellie R. Plants, 
Claysville, RD. One brother, W.C. McKeen, of Washington; 26 grandchildren, 
of whom six grandsons are in service, and 11 great grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Carrie Sampson, Sawhill 
District, today, Friday, December 31 at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. H.F. 
Pierce of Masontown, Pa., Methodist Church. Interment will be made in 
Claysville cemetery.

R.L. CLUTTER STRUCK WHILE CROSSING ROAD DIES INSTANTLY OF FRACTURES OF SPINE, SKULL, ARM AND LEG AND OTHER INJURIES SUSTAINED NEAR HOME DRIVER SAYS MAN RAN IN FRONT OF HIS CAR MACHINE OPERATED BY ILLINOIS MAN RETURNING HOME AFTER TRIP - SCENE EAST OF CLAYSVILLE ON ROUTE 40 FUNERAL TO BE SATURDAY CLAYSVILLE, April 24 - Robert L. Clutter, 54, well known farmer, was instantly killed at 4:30 p.m. today when struck by an automobile on Route 40 a half mile east of here while he was crossing the highway from his barn to his home. Private Jasper Augustine of the State Motor Police said the driver of the car was Howard Irwin, 27, of Waterman, Ill., and was returning home from a business trip when the accident occurred. The officier said investigation showed Mr. Clutter had waited at the side of the highway while two east bound automobiles passed, and then had started across. He said Irwin told him the man was still looking the other way when he started to cross the road. Irwin said he sounded his horn and applied his brakes, but that Mr. Clutter started to run and dashed directly into the path of the car, making it impossible to avoid the accident. The man was struck by the right fender and headlight and knocked to the paving. An ambulance was called to take the injured man to a hospital, but a physician who was summoned to the scene found Mr. Clutter dead and said death had apparently been instantaneous. The body was removed to the H.H. Brownlee & Son Funeral Home in Claysville. Following an investigation by Private Augustine, Coroner James B. Jones and Deputy Coroner Ray A. Brownlee, the driver was not held. Mr. Clutter was born in Richhill Township, Greene County, near Enon, a son of Wesley and Margaret Allison Clutter. He had resided in the Claysville district the last 40 years, at first working as a teamster and since then farming in what is known as the Brockman farm. He was a member of Claysville Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Anna Stollar Clutter; five sons and daughters, Vance Lee, Wilma Lee, Robert Dale, Opal Deane and Zelma Jean, all at home; and two brothers, Allison and Ralph Clutter, both of Claysville. The body will be removed to the Clutter home Friday, where friends will be received after 3 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Claysville Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Charles D. El__ingham, pastor of the church, assisted by the Rev. J.W. Cot__ell, of Claysville. Burial will be in Claysville Cemetery.

JOHN JASON IREY John Jason Irey, 93, one of the oldest citizens of southwestern Washington County, died at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in his home at West Finley, after an illness of almost a year, due to his age. Mr. Irey, a son of William and Elizabeth Richmond Irey, was born June 28, 1859, in Wetzel County, W.Va. On Aug. 15, 1874, he married Caroline Sprowls, who survives. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last August. Mr. and Mrs. Irey were parents of six children, of whom three survive. They are Miss Lina Wright and Miss Lottie Wiktsey, both of Hemingford, Neb., and Mrs. Lesta Sprowls, of West Finley. Also surviving are one brother, Jacob Irey, of Powhatan, Kansas; 11 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Mr. Irey spent the greater part of his life in West Finley Township, where he followed farming and stock raising. He was a charter member of the Windy Gap Presbyterian Church, and was always active in the affairs of his community. He was a lifelong member of the Republican party, and for anumber of years was a member of the Republican County Committee.

MRS. GEORGE CLARK Mrs. Ella Adams Clark, wife of George A. Clark, residing on the National Road near two miles west of Claysville, died at their home near seven o’clock Monday, July 3, 1939, following failing health of several months and stroke of paralysis, suffered more recently, aged 84 years. The funeral service was held at the Brownlee funeral home at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Paul K. Corley. Interment was in Claysville cemetery. Mrs. Clark was a daughter of Isaac and Melissa Wilson Adams. Her home many years was at Martins Ferry, O., where she was a member of the Methodist church. She and Mr. Clark came to this community about twenty years ago and have continuously made their home at the place they located west of town. She was devoted to her home. She leaves her husband and a number of nieces and nephews.

KILLED IN CRASH Mrs. Alice Mowl Scott, 44, Washington, R.D. 4, school teacher at Lone Pine and mother of Bernard Scott, Trinity High varsity grid player, was killed Thursday night in a crash at Glyde en route to see her son play at Charleroi. Her husband and two daughters were injured in the acciddent. MAN ARRESTED IN FATAL CRASH ON ROUTE 40 EAST GARDEI PIERSON, 36, UNDER POLICE GUARD IN HOSPITAL HERE State Police and Coroner L.C. Gray last night reported Gardei L. Pierson, 36-year-old farm hand, identified as the hit-run driver of a jeep involved in Thursday night’s fatal accident on U.S. Route 40 at Glyde, is a parole violator from Western Penitentiary. Pierson was found at the farm of his employer, E.L. McCormick, Dunns Station, R.D. 2, early Friday morning, some seven hours after the crash which claimed the life of Mrs. Alice Mowl Scott, and injured her husband, William B. Scott, and two of their children, Rosalyn, 15, and Marilyn, 18. Mrs. Scott, a teacher in the Lone Pine school and mother of Bernie Scott, Trinity High varsity football guard, was killed instantly in the crash.

GEORGE AMBROSE CLARK George A. Clark, resident of this community more than decades past, nativeof Greene county and forsome years resident of Wheeling, died at his home in Donegal township, west of Claysville, at four o’clock a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 1939, following an illness of three weeks, in 70th year. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon, at the home of his half brother, Asa Clark, on the new section of U.S. 40, east of West Alexander. The service was in charge of Rev. Jacob Ruble, whose address was very instructive and helpful. He was assisted by Rev. Chester Clark, of Cameron, W.Va. The interment was in Claysville cemetery. He leaves two brothers: William Clark, Donegal Plan, and Chester Clark, east of Claysville; one sister, Mrs. Mary Gray, of Moundsville; three half brothers and three half sisters, Asa B. Clark, near West Alexander; Foster Clark, of Washington; Arthur Clark, Avella RD; Mrs. Myrtle Riggle, West Alexander; Mrs. Adocia Whitlach, of Moundsville, and Mrs. Cora Woods, in Montana. Mr. Clark was born in Nov. 1870, in Greene county, son of Wm. H. and Hannah Cooper Clark. He was united in marriage with Miss Melissa Wilson Adams, of Martins Ferry, O. They resided for some time in Wheeling district. He was for near 30 years a member of Baltimore lodge No. 6 K. of P. After coming to this community they located on property west of Claysville. He was employed for several years in the Penn Bridge plant. More recently he was an employe on the Pennsylvania Highway Department. Mrs. Clark died July 3d, 1939.

GEORGE J. WOODBURN, TEACHER DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS George J. Wodburn, aged 82, veteran school teacher and farmer and lifelong resident of East Finley Township, died at his home, Wednesday, February 11, 1942 at 2:30 pm. Mr. Woodburn had been ill for several months and on Tuesday he suffered a stroke from which he never rallied. Mr. Woodburn was born in East Finley Township, August 16, 1859, a son of John and Sara Jones Woodburn. He received his education in the schools of that township and later became a teacher. His wife, Margaret Donaldson Woodburn, died July 31, 1936, a year after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Woodburn was always active in affairs of the church school and of his community. A Republican in politics he served his township in several offices including school director and road supervisor. Very early in life he united with the old South Buffalo United Presbyterian church and when it was moved to Claysville he continued his membership with it. He served as secretary of the Board of Trustees for many years and was teacher of a class in the Sunday School for many years. He served as school teacher in his native township and surrounding townships for period of more than forth years. Surviving are on daughter, Bernice, at home; one son, Wylie, teacher in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Schools; and three brothers, Elmer E. Woodburn, of Parkersburg, W. Va., Frank Woodburn, of Arlington, Va., and James Woodburn, of Claysville, RD. Friends will be received at the Brownlee Funeral Home in Claysville where funeral services will be held Friday, February 13, at 2:00 pm conducted by his pastor, Rev. H.L. Henderson, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Interment will be in Claysville cemetery.

MRS. NANCY E. MILLER Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Miller, 90, died at her home, 139 Elm street, Claysville, Monday, April 6, at noon. She was born two miles west of Claysville in Donegal township, on May 28,1852, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Snodgrass Holmes. Mrs. Miller spent her entire life in Claysville and vicinity. She was a member of the Claysville Presbyterian church and a former teacher in the Sunday school, and was very active in church work as long as her health would permit. Her husband Charles W. Miller, died August 2_, 1938. Surviving are a daughter, Lulu E., and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Miller, both at home; one sister, Miss Margaret Holmes of Claysville, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Miller home, 139 Elm street, Claysville. Private funeral services for family and relatives will be held tomorrow, April 8, at 11 a.m., in charge of the deceased's pastor, the Rev. Roy Brice. Interment will be in Claysville cemetery.

MRS. EMMA DILLE SCOTT Mrs. Emma Dille Scott, widow of the late Joseph A. Scott, native of Greene county and since 1918 resident of WestAlexander, died at her home Waltz building, at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 1940, of a heart ailment, in her 71st year. A brief service will be held at the Dunlap funeral chapel at one o’clock this afternoon, Friday, the 12th, in charge of Rev. Jacob Ruble, Jr., pastor of Pigeon Creek Presbyterian church. The full service will be held in Harmony Presbyterian church at Wind Ridge. Interment in Wind Ridge cemetery. Mrs. Scott was born at Wind Ridge, July 23, 1869, daughter of Abrah__ V. and Lucy Scott Dille. She received her schooling and spent her early life there and was united in marriage with Joseph D. Scott. She was a member of Harmony Presbyterian church. The family moved to West Alexander in 1918, the daughters for many years being in charge of the central telephone office. Mr. Scott died in 1922. She leaves two daughters, Miss Lena Scott, at home, and Dille, wife of W.C. Hogg, Washington; one grandchild; three step sons, Thomas H. Scott, of Claysville; Clyde M. Scott, Washington, Pa., and Foster Scott, West Alexander; one sister, Mrs. George C. Rogers, of Claysville.

CHESTER MILLER, CLAYSVILLE, DIES PROMINENT MERCHANT PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS OF FEW DAYS - SECRETARY OF SCHOOL BOARD 25 YEARS. BAND LEADER 40 YEARS Sept. 16, - Chester S. Miller, 67, one of Claysville's prominent citizens, died this evening at 7:30 o'clock following a brief illness. He was stricken ill suddenly last Sunday evening. A son of John S. and Sophia Clemens Miller, Mr. Miller was born in Buffalo township, and had spent his entire life in this district. Educated in the public schools, he taught one term at Highland which he had attended. Coming to Claysville about 48 years ago, with his brother, the lats William T. Miller, purchased the Saxon Ealy store. Chester S. Miller continued to conduct the business following the death of his brother. Mr. Miller took an active part in civic affairs, being especially interested in schools. He had served as a member of the school board and was secretary of the board for 25 years. For more than 40 years, Mr. Miller was leader of the Claysville band and for a number of years also directed an orchestra. Mr. Miller was married to Elizabeth Egan, who survives, November 24, 1899. Two sons and two daughters, also, survive; Harold, of Washington, and John, Grace and Josephine, at home. He leaves two brothers, Isaac Miller, of Monongahela City and David R. Miller, of Washington. Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, of which he was a member, conducted by the Rev. Father M.J. Hughes, Washington, Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, near WA.

JAMES S. WOODBURN James S. Woodburn, 75, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on Wayne street extension, Claysville, yesterday morning. Born October 1, 1867, in East Finley Township, he was the son of John and Sarah Jones Woodburn and lived all his life in the Sawhill School district until last May when he and his family moved to Claysville. Mr. Woodburn united in marriage on March 12, 1903, to Jeannette Thomas, who survives. He was a faithful member of the Claysville United Presbyterian Church all of his life. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons and a daughter, Ralph E. of Claysville, the Rev. Ray G. of Mahoningtown and Mrs William Groitsch of Washington, RD 1; one brother Frank of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren, Patricia Sue and William Groitsch.

ROBERT W. SCOTT, PROMINENT VALLEY GROVE RESIDENT, DEAD Robert W. Scott passed away at North Wheeling Hospital near 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, September 12, 1937, of cerebral hemorrhage. He was conveyed to the hospital August 30th, and underwent an operation, from which he was apparently recovering. Kindred visited him Saturday. Word of his demise came as a shock to his relatives and friends. The funeral service was held at the Scott home at Valley Grove at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interment was in West Alexander cemetery. The service was in charge of Rev. P.G. Dykhuizen, pastor of Roney’s Point United Presbyterian church. The pallbearers were nephews: Paul Curtis, Charles Shaler, Ray Scott, Glenn Scott, Gaylord Scott, Thomas Shaler. Mr. Scott was born on the Scott farm at Brush Run, July 1, 1881, son of Thomas and Clara Barr Scott. When he was six years old his family moved to the Mehaffey farm on Dry Ridge. He attended McAdoo School. In young manhood he took to training horses for the race track, owned by others and himself. In this profession he attended fairs in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania - at Burgettstown, Waynesburg, Carmichaels, Jacktown, West Alexander, missing but few fairs at the latter place and often officiating in the (the sentence ends here) He performed similar service at the recent Jacktown fair. He was of affable disposition, had many friends over the fair area and in local communities. Mr. Scott operated a sawmill and later operated a garage and service station at Valley Grove, where he had resided much of the time since his marriage in April 1903, with Miss Margaret Anderson, of Potomac. Mr. Scott attended the recent reunion of the family at Sunset. He leaves his wife, his aged mother, one daughter and two sons, Mrs. J. Nee, of New Philadelphia, O.; Carl R. Scott, Valley Grove, and Robert T. Scott, Canton, O.; one brother, James A. Scott, West Liberty; five sisters, Mrs. Annie B. Rice, Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. George Sheller, West Alexander, RD.; Mrs. A.B. Garrison, West Liberty RD; Mrs. Frank Howard and Mrs. Thomas H. Scott, Claysville.

MRS. KATHERINE RALSTON MEALY Mrs. Katherine Ralston Mealy, 92, one of the oldest and a widely known woman of western Washington county, died at her home north of Claysville, in Donegal township, yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock following an illness resulting from the infirmities of her years. Mrs. Mealy was a daughter of John and Julia Porter McAdoo. She had lived on the farm where her death occurred for the past 72 years. She was the last member of a family of six children. She had been a member of the Dutch Fork Christioan church for many years. Her marriage to Robert Mealy, whose death occurred Oct. 15, 1932 was solemnized in 1865. Five children survive: Miss Silvia, at home, Mrs. Elizabeth Snodgrass, and George and John Mealy, all of Claysville RD 2 and Denny Mealy, of Pittsburgh. Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive. Funeral services will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Snodgrass Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Paul Clemens, assisted by the Rev. W.E. Ferrell. Burial will be in Purviance cemetery, Claysville.

M.B. MILLER, FARMER, TOWNSHIP OFFICER, WOOL BUYER, IS DEAD Morgan B. Miller, native and lifelong resident of Donegal township and active participant in affairs of the township, died at his home north of Claysville at nine o’clock Wednesday forenoon, April 14, 1937, of pneumonia, in his 61st year. He had been ill a week, his condition being serious from the start. Funeral service at his late home at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M.O. Mickey, pastor of Zion United Brethren church, assisted by Rev. H.L. Henderson, pastor of Claysville United Presbyterian church. Interment in Claysville cemetery. Mr. Miller was born May 20, 1876, near Donley postoffice, son of Clay and Margaret Ann Post Miller. His residence during his life span was within one and a half miles of his birthplace. He was a pupil of White School. May 20, 1902, he was united in marriage with Miss Winnie Montgomery. He followed farming and stock raising. For nineteen seasons he engaged in buying wool for J.B. Chambers, D.M. Campsey and C.C. Spragg, of Waynesburg being associated with Slater Lindsay. The two in 1927 bought and shipped to one man 17 car loads of sheep. Mr. Miller was widely known over this section. He served a term as township tax collector and at least two terms as member of the township school board. Mrs. Miller died Nov. 18, 1933. Since her demise he continued to reside on the farm. He was a member of Claysville Presbyterian church. He leaves one brother and two sisters, George L. Miller, Toronto, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Keenan, Claysville RD 2 and Mrs. Marcia Spragg, Claysville RD. He was third of a group of kindred to die within three months.

DAVID WOOD David Wood, well known among farmers and stockmen of West Finley section, native of Greene county, once resident of Claysville, died at his home, West Finley Township, at six o'clock Monday evening, Oct 14., 1940, in his 56th year. The funeral service was held in Windy Gap church Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in West Finley cemetery. He leaves three sons and two daughters: S.P. Wood, Ohio county, W. Va., near West Alexander; John R. Wood, west of Claysville; Lafey Wood, near Claysville; Miss Maggie Wood, at home; Mrs. N.R. Sprowls, West Finley; eighteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister, Marion Wood and Mrs. Jehu Parson, both of Long Run.

SAMUEL R. BROWNLEE Samuel R. Brownlee, 53, died suddenly at his home in Buffalo Township near Sunset Beach, Wednesday night, Nov. 20, 1940. Neighbors found the body Thursday morning in bed at his home where he lived alone. He had been ill for a few days, but death came as a shock to his friends. Mr. Brownlee was a son of William and Elizabeth Reed Brownlee and resided in the Claysville community all his life. He worked as a tool dresser and driller in the oil fields for 25 years. Surviving are his wife, six children, Mrs. Betty Samson and Cecelia Brownlee, of Washington; Samuel, Laura and Joella Brownlee, of Los Angeles Calif., and Jackson Brownlee, of Old Concord; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Brownlee, of Claysville; one brother, Frank L. Brownlee, of Claysville, and one sister, Mrs. Mary B. McCleery, of West Alexander, R.D. Funeral services will be held at the home of his brother, Frank L. Brownlee, Wayne street, Claysville, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. W.V. Longbrake, pastor of Claysville Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Claysville Cemetery.

C.W. ANTHONY FUNERAL SERVICE HELD HERE MONDAY AFTERNOON Charles W. Anthony, of Rochester, N.Y., native of this community and resident during the first three decades of his life span; operator of the first moving picture shows here, burgess, fireman, ball player, bandman and K. of P., active in local affairs, after illness of five years, died at Iola sanitarium, Friday morning, Sept. 20, 1940, three days advanced in his 52nd year. The funeral service was held in Claysville Baptist church at two o'clock Monday afternoon, with quite a number of his old time friends attending. The service was conducted by Rev. C.D. Eltringham. The pall bearers were old friends and associates: J.C. MacCartney, H.L. White, Lawrence Miller, James Smith, Oscar Lutes, Don Campsey. Interment was in Claysville cemetery. Mr. Anthony was a son of Frank and Ethel McWhorter Anthony, born Sept. 17, 1889, while his parents were residing in the brick house on the C.C. Liggett farm, just south of the borough line. He was a pupil of Claysville schools and in youth became a member of Claysville Baptist church. He was a member of the Claysville band, playing slide alto trombone. Another activity was member of the volunteer fire department, using the old hose reel. In athletics he played on the baseball team. Fraternally he was a member of Claysville lodge K. of P. In 1908 he was united in marriage with Miss Pearl Courtney, of Morgantown. Charley embarked in the moving picture business, located in the opera house, present Pythian Hall, where during the world war the five minute speakers - Messrs. MacLachlan, Green, Sprowls, Cracraft and Armstrong - delivered their messages. He took up a moving picture agency and traveled for them several years. His father and grandfather, Charles Anthony, were successful business men handling coal, junk, ginseng, wool storage. They owned several properties, one being the site of the Clover Farm store and Frank Allender's, where was a two-story frame business house, where J.C. MacCartney conducted a drug store and L.G. Marple had a grocery, with business rooms on second floor. The Anthony's occupied the house at the rear. These were destroyed by fire Jan. 31, 1922, and when this was settled, the family located finally at Rochester, N.Y., where Charley was employed as a barber and his death occurred. He leaves his wife, a daughter, Catherine and son, Jack; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Sharp, of New Wilmington, and Mrs. Frank Carter, of Akron, Ohio, whose husband once employed in telephone work here, died early the present year.

M.A. LIGGETT, USEFUL CITIZEN OF CLAYSVILLE, EXPIRED OCT. 14 Marion F. Liggett, near four decades respected resident and useful citizen of Claysville, expired unexpectedly early Monday afternoon, Oct. 14, 1940, in his 81st year. He had been engaged in raking leaves in front of his home and carrying them to the rear. Apparently on one of the trips he was taken with a heart attack and fell to the ground, where he was soon found, conveyed to the house and medical aid summoned. But the end had come quickly and he was pronounced dead by a physician. The funeral service was held at his late home at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, conducted by his pastor, Rev. W.V. Longbrake. Many called to pay their respects and there was a large attendance at the service. The interment was in Claysville cemetery. Mr. Liggett was of Scotch ancestry. He was born in Independence township, near West Middletown, March 31, 1860, son of William and Nancy Jane Mulholland Liggett. He was reared in that community and attended scholl there. Sept. 27, 1882, he was united in marriage with Miss Alice Denny, of his home community. They became members of Grove United Presbyterian church. Purchase was made of the farm now owned by John A. Burig, in Donegal township, north of Claysville, on which they resided until 1901, when they moved to the former Cal King property on Main street, which they occupied until death. Mr. Liggett was a partner in the lumber business with Oliver Martin. He never lost interest in the live stock industry and continued on a track east of town as a flockmaster as long as he lived. He was one of the horse-and-buggy period stockmen, of whom so few remain, who shipped by rail to the Pittsburgh market, with such associates as Barney Stout, A.L. Gantz, Wyitt Sprowls and others. He retained a field above the school property which he used as a pasture. He took pride in thoroughbred stock. The field was but lately sold to become a playground of the school property. Mr. Liggett's terms of service in school board and council covered progress. He was a member of the important periods in the borough's school board 1908-10, covering the time of the destruction of the brick frame building with its hall of 600 seating capacity, by fire, and 1911-15, covering the erection of the present high school building, said to be the first fire-proof school built in Western Pennsylvania. In the borough council Mr. Liggett served two terms, 1924-1931. His service in council included the erection of the present municipal dam and purification system. Mr. and Mrs. Liggett transferred their membership to Claysville Presbyterian church. At the congregational meeting held Oct. 7, 1902, looking toward the erection of the present building, Mr. Liggett was named on a committee to secure plans, and was the last survivor of the original committee. For twenty-three years Mrs. Liggett was an invalid, for whom every care was provided, but whose condition was forgotten through her development of her poetic gift. She passed away Sept. 28, 1939. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Mary Chapman, at home, and Margaret, wife of Fred M. Hutchison, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, James Chapman, at home; Mrs. C.J. Alexander, Houston, Texas, and Mrs. G.W. Kneustler, Uvalda, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Judith and Jerome Kneustler, Uvalda, Texas; two half sistersand two half brothers, Miss Irene Liggett and Charles C. Liggett, Claysville; Mrs. George Worley, Duncan Falls, Ohio, and L.F. Liggett, Cadiz, Ohio. Mr. Liggett was the last survivor of an earlier marriage.

CAM CHAPMAN BURIED AT LOS ANGELES, CAL., ON THURSDAY Campbell Alexander Chapman, native of Donegal township, near 30 years resident of Claysville and since 1912 resident of Los Angeles, Calif., died in that city early the morning of Monday, August 19, 1940, according to a message sent by his friend Oliver C. Laisure, in his 82nd year. The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles, where burial took place. In a message of Dec. 27, 1931, he had planned to be buried in Claysville, with Lee M. Moore in charge of the service. Adverse conditions arising afterward caused the change. "Cam", as he was known throughout this community and over a wide area of Western Pennsylvania, into Eastern Ohio and West Virginia, was born Oct. 5, 1858, in Donegal township, four miles north of Claysville, on the farm of his father, the homestead part now owned by Slater Lindsay, son of Andrew Campbell and Julia (Chapman) Chapman. The earliest ancestry came to America in 1781 and soon after to Washington county. The paternal grandfather of "Cam" Chapman was Andrew L. Chapman, who married Nancy Campbell, daughter of Thomas Campbell and sister of Alexander Campbell, founder, just a century ago, of Bethany College. Andrew Chapman assisted his father-in-law in conducting a seminary near Cambridge, Ohio, in 1813. "Cam" Chapman attended White School located on the southern edge of his father's farm, his first teacher being the late David M. Campsey. Feb. 2, 1882, he was united in marriage with Miss Allenia B. Hodgens, of Taylorstown. To this union four children were born, their home being the present Kenneth Beard residence on Wayne street: Julia M., John A., Campbell Leamon and James Hodgens, the latter two both being graduated from Bethany College, and the latter a lieutenant in the World War dying in 1938, the father being the last survivor both of his father's family and his own family. There is one grans=dson - James Chapman, of this place. Mr. Chapman spent six years in conducting a store in Claysville. He retired from the store and entered the employ of H. Childs & Co., Pittsburgh, Wholesale shoe merchants. He continued with that firm 21 years, ceasing his connection with the firm due to the declining health of Mrs. Chapman. He had covered _________ area as traveling salesman _______ rigs of the "Toppy" Blayney livery barn at least part of the time. Mrs. Chapman passed away Feb. 14, 1910. At an early age Mr. Chapman became a member of the Christian church at Dutch Fork, charter member of Claysville Christian church and transferred to the University Christian church at Los Angeles, continuing membership to the end of life. He taught the local women's Bible Class in the Claysville church. He was a member and past member of Claysville lodge Free and Accepted Masons, and for some time a member of Claysville Lodge K. of P. He was a faithful member of the Democratic party and was a candidate for Register of Wills. He served as a member of Claysville Independent District School Board 1892 to 1894 and as a member of the borough council from 1893 to 1896; covering the start of the water system.

SAMUEL BROWNLEE FOUND DEAD Samuel Brownlee passed away in a small house on the W.T. Brownlee farm in Buffalo Township, where he had made his home, during the night of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1940. His lifeless form was found in his bed Thursday morning. Mr. Brownlee had been indisposed, but his condition was not regarded as being serious. Death was attributed to a heart affliction. The remains were moved to the Brownlee mortuary. In the absence of his brother, F.L. Brownlee, on a hunt and early failure of the effort of getting in touch with him by phone, arrangements for the funeral service were not announced at this time. Deceased was a son of William T. and Elizabeth M. Reed Brownlee, who resided near half a century in the Brownlee Mill section. He attended Highland School. Much of his labor was experienced in oil field work. He resided for a time in The Meadows. He was united in marriage with Miss Winifred _ackson. He leaves his wife; four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Charles Sampson, Jack Brownlee and Cecelia Brownlee all of Washington; Samuel Brownlee, Laura Brownlee and Joella Brownlee, of Richmond, Calif.; one sister and one brother, Mary, wife of Ralph McCleery, West Alexander RD, and Frank L. Brownlee, of Claysville, connected with the West Penn Power Company.

PLINEY E. WOODBURN Pliney E. Woodburn, 72, died in his home, Petroleum avenue, Claysville, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1941, at 7:45 p.m., after an illness of two weeks of influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Woodburn was born in East Finley Feb. 14, 1869, a son of John and Sarah Jones Woodburn. Following farming, he lived in East Finley until 1924 when he moved to Claysville, where he had since resided. He was a member of the Claysville United Presbyterian Church. On March 31, 1903, he married Emma McCrerey, who died Feb. 9, 1941. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert R. Patterson, of Washington, R.D.5; a sister-in-law, Miss Anna McCrerey, at home; two grandchildren, Robert David and Dorothy Jean Patterson; four brothers, G.J. Woodburn, Claysville, R.D.; E.E. Woodburn, Parkersburg, W.Va.; F.M. Woodburn, Arlington Va., and J.F. Woodburn, of Claysville, R.D.. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Friends will be received at the Brownlee Funeral Home, Claysville, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m., in charge of the Rev. H.L. Henderson. Burial will be in the Claysville Cemetery.

MRS. PLINEY E. WOODBURN Mrs. Pliney E. Woodburn, 66, of Petroleum avenue, Claysville, died in the Washington Hospital yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock following an illness due to influenza and pneumonia. Her husband and a sister, Miss Anna McCrerey, who resides at the Woodburn home, are both ill of pneumonia but have shown favorable progress during the last few days. Mrs. Woodburn's maiden name was Emma McCrerey, she having been a daughter of William and Katherine Litle McCrerey. She spent her early life in Buffalo Township where she was born. Following their marriage, Nov. 31, 1903, Mr. and Mrs. Woodburn resided at the Woodburn homestead in East Finley Township until 1924 when they moved to Claysville, where they had since resided. Besides the husband and sister, Mrs. Woodburn leaves a daughter Helen, wife of Robert R. Patterson, Washington, R.D.5, and two children, Robert David and Dorothy Jean Patterson. Two brothers and another sister survive: A.H. McCrerey, Claysville; W.L. McCrerey, Washington R.D.5; and Mrs. John C. McGuffey, Washington. Friends will be received at the Brownlee Funeral Home, Claysville, where services will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. H.L. Henderson, of the Claysville U.P. Church, of which Mrs. Woodburn was an active member. Burial will be in the Claysville Cemetery.

MRS. EDWARD ASHBROOK Mrs. Edward Ashbrook, 77, well known resident of North Franklin township, died Monday night, March 25, 1940, about 8:45 o'clock, in her home on the National Pike, west of Washington. Death was due to paralysis, after a long illness. Mrs. Ashbrook was a daughter of John and Sarah Woodburn, and was born July 2, 1862, in East Finley Township. She was married to Edward Ashbrook on November 27, 1884, and last Thanksgiving day they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They formerly resided in Washington, moving to their home on the National Highway 32 years ago. Surviving are her husband, Edward Ashbrook; one son, the Rev. William E. Ashbrook, of Columbus, O; four gradnchildren; and five brothers, G.J. Woodburn, J.S. Woodburn and P.E. Woodburn, all of Claysville; Elmer Woodburn, of Parkersburg, WV, and Frank Woodburn, of Arlington, VA, and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ashbrook was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Washiington. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock, in the home, in charge of her pastor, the Rev. J. Paul Graham. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery.

PRIVATE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MISS ALICE MILLER THIS FORENOON Miss Alice P. Miller died at her home 139 Elm street, at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, of pneumonia, after illness of more than a week. Friends will be received at Brownlee Funeral Home until ten o'clock this forenoon, May2d. The funeral service will be held at the Miller home at 11:00 o'clock a.m. conducted by Rev. George W. Snodgrass. Interment will be in Claysville cemetery. Miss Miller was born in Donegal township, daughter of Charles Walling and Nancy Holmes Miller. The family resided earlier here, at Beham, at Coon Island and for near 40 yearshave resided in Claysville on Elm street. Her father was a flour mill operative at Coon Island. During the time the family resided there Miss Miller carried the mail between the post office and the B&O accommodation trains, always dependable in that service. After the family came here to reside Miss Miller and her sister, Miss Lulu Miller were engaged in the millinery trade which they carried on a number of years. Since retirement from that business Miss Miller has been engaged about her home. She was always very industrious, cultivated flowers, aided in constructing a rock garden on the slope in front of their home, looked after the fruits and vegetables. She was a member of Claysville Presbyterian church. Her father died in August, 1938, and her brother, Edgar Miller, Sept. 27, 1940. Her father built the Claysville Presbyterian church parsonage and other residences in town. She leaves her aged mother, Mrs. Nancy Holmes Miller, her sister, Miss Lulu Miller. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Sawhill Miller, resides in the Miller home.

MCDONALD, MEALY, MILLER Mr. Sprowls was active in various local interests but always sought to improve his home community. He served as a member of the school board 1910-1918, an epoch making period. The brick-frame house with its fine big auditoorium, the birthplace of baskeyball in Claysville, was destroyed by fire, Dec. 8, 1910. There was insurance of $10,000 and bonded debt $6,700. The independent district begun in 1858 composed of the borough and portion of Donegal township surrounding, came to an end May 18, 1911, the borough assumed the debt and took over the insurance, providing tuition for the withdrawing portion at $800 per year. The present 4-room fire proof high school building, first such building to be erected in Western Pennsylvania, was erected at cost of $20,950. Mr. Sprowls and individual citizens contributed $700 to complete the building for service. Associated with Mr. Sprowls were Dr. D.M. Bell, Geo. B. Lysle, D.S. Reed, Dr. F.L. Knox, C.S. Miller, W.J.E. McLain, S.D. White, M.A. Liggett, Wm. Patterson. Mr. Sprowls, chairm__________active in World War service and was one of the group of three-minute speakers for national support - Dr. A. MacLachlan, Dr. C.C. Cracraft and I.T. Green being other speajers, addressing assemblies in C.W. Anthony's moving picture show room, opera house. In early life he became a member transferred to the Claysville United of Windy Gap church and later Presbyterian. (i typed this as it was printed) He was interested in the Inter-Church movement following the World War and contributed $100 each to the local church groups in support of it. In 1922 he was nominated for State Senator on the Democratic ticket and had as his opponent on the Republican ticket the late Col. J.E. Barnett, former legislator and state official. The vote was so close that it was complicated with a section of Allegheny county at McDonald. A new election was ordered and in that election Mr. Sprowls had majority of around 1,500 votes. He served one term, was interested in district road improvement, and especially in one extending northward from Graysville. This bill was passed but Mr. Sprowls was crossed up in the end. He was elected as a delegate to one Democratic national convention, had acquaintance with leading state and national Democratic leaders and was active in the county party interests From Governor Pattison's time for many years he was a notary public. "George B" was the designation popularly given Mr. Sprowls by his friends. He took his sons into partnership with him near a decade ago. He, in 1926, established a new sales service in which many of the more frequently used articles were readily seen. Such was his progressive spirit. The past four years his health has not permitted him to be active. For several winters he spent some time in Florida. One of his activities was that of member of the board of directors of the National Bank of Claysville. The water system, improved streets and other interests had his support. Mrs. Sprowls died Dec. 23, 1936. He leaves three daughters and three sons: Harry V. Sprowls, manager of the City Garage; George B. Sprowls, Jr., manager of the store; T. Wray Sprowls, Mrs. Glenn Kelly, Mrs. Ralph Miller, all of Claysville, and Mrs. J. Donald Ross, Washington; and eleven grandchildren.

LAFY WOOD Lafy Wood, resident a number of years in Sawhill District, East Finley, engaged in farming, died at his home two miles east of Claysville, at 4:30 a.m., Monday, December 2, 1940, of pneumonia, after a brief illness. He was 51 years of age. The funeral service was held at the Brownlee Funeral Home at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Wm. V. Longbrake. Interment was in West Finley cemetery, where a daughter, Mrs. Naomi Gray, was buried September 22, and his father, David Wood, was buried October 16. Thus a member of three generations was interred there within less than three months. Mr. Wood was born in Greene county, son of David and Rachel Smith Wood. Since he was 13 years old he had resided in this community. He was united in marriage with Miss Grace Sprowls. Most of their wedded life was spent in Sawhill District. He was a member of Claysville Presbyterian church. He leaves his wife and five daughters and four sons of a family of ten children: Delbert Wood, of Monongahela; Mrs. Gaylord Miller and Mrs. Willard Gray, both of West Finley RD; Mrs. Everett Cunningham, of Cameron, W. Va.; Edna Wood and Frances Wood, at home; Russell Wood, Roscoe Wood and William Wood, at home; several grandchildren; two sisters ad two brothers; Mrs. N. Ross Sprowls and Miss Maggie Wood, West Finley, RD; Samuel P. Wood, near West Alex__________________Wood, west of____________________.

J. ALBERT PORTER DIED NOV. 20 J. Albert Porter, useful and estimable resident of the borough of Claysville more than half a century, died at his home at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, 1938, in his 88th year. He was taken ill while chatting with a friend at the D.K. Irwin house on Nov. 1st. The funeral service was held at Claysville Baptist church at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Chas. D. Eltringham. There was a large assembly at the service, and many beautiful floral tributes. Rev. David Morris, pastor First Baptist church of Washington, assisted, offering prayer. Both delivered addresses appropriate to the service. Both the assembly and Bible School rooms were filled with large concourse of friends attending. The interment was in Claysville cemetery. The pallbearers were members of the Men’s Class - Ash Clutter, Geo. Peden, John Amos, Robert Clutter, Henry Clutter, Cecil Vanderhoof. Mr. Porter was born in Donegal township, near Coon Island, August 26, 1851, son of John and Ann Potter Porter. He spent his boyhood on the Porter farm and attended Coon Island School. With his brothers, Isaac and Robert, he participated in activities with the young men of Claysville, with the old Patsch blacksmith shop at the rear of the flour mill as headquarters. He was united in marriage with Miss Annetta Dean and more than 50 years ago their home was established on Bell avenue, where they resided to the end of life. He united with Pleasant Grove Baptist church more than 60 years ago, became a member of Claysville Baptist church upon its establishment in Claysville from its original location at Caldwelltown near 50 years ago. He was a faithful member until death. He served near half a century as deacon. An impression was left with attendants at the service as he never failed to place the last offering on the contribution plate just before he set it down. He occupied a seat at the west side, front. Until health prevented he was always in his place. Mr. Porter learned the trade of wagonmaking and made sleds, wheelbarrows, and other vehicles. He was a good workman. Much repair was also done at his shop on East Main street, opposite the office of W.A. Carroll. He did work for farmers for miles around. In carpentry he was also efficient. He was employed on buildings in many sections of the community. He was alive to the civic interests of the community and had a strong temperance sentiment. He served as burgess in 1888 and as member of the borough council, 1889 to 1892. During his membership in council in 1889 the use of natural gas for street lighting was adopted, the first unit being with twenty street lights with No. 1 Todd burner. Mrs. annetta Porter died in the first decade of the 20th century and on Oct. 12, 1909, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Elizabeth Ashbrook, whose death occurred Nov. 21, 1931. He leaves four daughters of a family of six children, Mrs. Thomas Ross, of Washington; Mrs. J. Elmer Andrew, of Prosperity; Mrs. George Jones, of Ravenna, Ohio, and Mrs. John H. Laird, at home; two are deceased, Blanche, wife of Alex. Laird, who died Oct. 6, 1932, and Willard Porter, who died July 4th, 1938. There are eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. He was the last of his family.

A.H. MCCREREY FORMER BURGESS Alexander H. McCrerey, 85, died at his home on Main Street, Tuesday, September 15, 1953, after an illness of a few days. His death occurred just two days after his 85th birthday. He was born in Buffalo Township, September 13, 1868, a son of the late William and Katheryn Litle McCrerey. He spent his early life in that township teaching in the schools. He engaged in farming for several years prior to moving to Claysville. Mr. McCrerey served as school director in his native township for a period of sixteen years. In politics he was a staunch Democrat, serving as Precinct Chairman at the time of his death. He served as Burgess of Claysville for a term. He was a member of the Claysville Methodist Church and of the Claysville Grange. On November 27, 1900, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Mae Greer, who preceded him in death in 1931. Mr. McCrerey was interested in the collection of stamps and coins and possessed quite a collection of both. Surviving are seven children, William, of Homestead, Fla., Harold, Robert and Leroy, all of Claysville; Gertrude, at home; Virginia, wife of Robert Foster, of Harbor Creek, Pa.; and Katheryn, wife of Robert Cushing, of Leetonia, O; one brother, William, of Wolfdale; a sister, Mrs. Bessie McGuffie, of Washington; 25 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon, Friday, September 18, 1953 in charge of Rev. J.B. Burwell of the Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Claysville Cemetery.

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